First Thursdays

Fall 2020

SEPT. 3, OCT. 1, NOV. 5

IU Arts Plaza

CANCELLED: April 2nd

In accordance with Indiana University’s ongoing response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the April 2nd First Thursday has been cancelled. The Arts & Humanities Council is currently working to reschedule many of our invited guests for future First Thursdays festivals in Fall 2020. If you have any questions, please contact us at

First Thursdays are monthly festivals showcasing the diversity of arts and humanities on campus and throughout the Bloomington community. On the first Thursday of each warm-weather month, the Council and its friends join together on the Arts Plaza (right in front of the IU Auditorium) for an evening of performances, hands-on creative activities, community-building, great food, and fun!

First Thursdays offer a welcoming environment for students, community members, four-legged friends, and artists and scholars of all kinds. Our festivities have included everything from opera signers to breakdancers, stage-fighting to clay-throwing, and much, much more. Each First Thursday is unique, and each is a great opportunity to experience the wonderful work of artists, performers, and scholars from all across campus and all around town.

Join us April 2nd as we celebrate Indiana Remixed with special guests Michael Cleveland, Operation Combat Bikesaver, and the Fantastic Aerosol Brothers Crew, plus tons of cool activities and performances from our friends across campus and around town, including the premiere of the 2020 Series Documentary!

First Thursdays are supported in part by:

Main Stage Performers

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
Brad Leftwitch and The Humdingers
Mariachi Perla del Medio Oeste

Indiana Remixed Guests

Operation Combat Bikesaver
Fantastic Aerosol Brothers Crew


IU Dining will offer several food trucks serving up tasty festival foods! Check back soon for the menus.